Scotland to fight without Coetzer

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Scotland head coach Pete Steindl insists he does not fear another painful defeat from Australia because it is the only way his players will learn where they are going wrong.

Coach Peter Steindl has insisted heavy defeat at the hands of the A side will not negatively affect Scotland's ambition, come Tuesday's one-off ODI against Australia in Edinburgh.

The Scottish suffered a hefty 360-run loss to Australia A inside three days two months ago, and 2009's solitary ODI against the same country brought a big 189-run drubbing in the wake of batsman David Hussey's century and all-rounder Shane Watson's three key wickets.

"We have to keep everything in perspective. If you are too outcome focused, you can definitely worry about a sore defeat like the one we received in the four-day game earlier on this summer affecting morale and the development of the squad," said Steindl.

"But as a team we look at the individual wins we can get on any given day and if the players go in and find they can compete at this level, they will take a lot of confidence from that.

"It was a tough game against Australia A – we don't play a huge amount of four-day cricket and that showed. But at the same time, some of our players bounced back from that experience like Calum MacLeod, Iain Wardlaw and Matt Machan.

The hosts will be without captain Kyle Coetzer, who has been sidelined by a wrist injury sustained while playing for Northamptonshire recently. The talented Peter Mommsen will lead the side in Coetzer's absence.

"I can't deny it, he's a massive loss for us," admitted Steindl. "He is our most experienced batsman and has had a fantastic summer down south. His average in ODI cricket for us says it all, it's well above 40. He's a big player for us, and to not have him here is a blow."

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